Reading online at Langara’s “Strangers on a Train” series – Oct 26 2021


I’m doing a reading tonight at Langara’s “Reading at Langara’s “Strangers on a Train” series tonight, 7pm PCT.

Should be fun – event details are here.

Strangers on a Train is a monthly reading series, hosted by the Langara College English department, devoted to creating dialogue between writers and writing groups that would not typically interact with one another. Each event features writers from a variety of genres and backgrounds: from spoken word to highbrow prose – the up-and-coming, the student, and the venerable. The goal of the series is to encourage discussion and promote collaboration within Vancouver’s diverse literary community (or with members of other literary communities).Featuring readings by:

-Moses Ose Utomi (The Lies of the Ajungo)
-Mariner Janes (The Monument Cycles)
-Braeden Lowey (Langara student)

Zoom link: (Meeting ID: 679 8425 3564) See less

Reading: Rob Taylor, Dallas Hunt, Tolu Oloruntoba, Shaun Robinson

An outstanding reading last night from these folks, in support of Rob’s new book, “Strangers” (you can buy this here). Really great to be out in Clark Park and see some fine folks I haven’t seen in…you know…a pandemic’s age…

I only had enough cheddar to pick up one more book, and chose Dallas Hunt’s book “Creeland“. Looking forward to digging into that soon!

Tolu Oloruntoba’s reading from his books “The Junta of Happenstance” and “Manubrium” was brilliant. Am going to track those both down.

Lastly, Shaun Robinson read poems from “If You Discover a Fire” – whose humour and strength were evident. Check him out – also worth following on twitter!



Reading today in New West

Hey folks! Doing a reading in New West (at Heritage Grill) today if you’re in the ‘hood. See below for safety details and event info!



The Return of Poetic Justice/ Poetry New Westminster
Sunday August 2, 2020
The Heritage Grill
447 Columbia Street
New Westminster
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Featured Poet: Mariner Janes
(Please come a little earlier for the Covid-19 screening & our new safety talk)
– new Covid-19 safety protocols in place.
– There will be coronavirus screening procedures in place. Contact tracing information collected; Name, phone #, temperature reading taken, & self-evaluation questionnaire related to the novel coronavirus.
– Social distancing seating.
– Limited seating. 30 people maximum. Please let me know in advance if you are planning to attend.
– Please sit within your social bubbles.
– after each poet microphone will be disinfected with wipes.
– Poetry. books. Prizes. Trivia. Fun.
– FREE masks available to those who have not brought their own.
– $3 cover. half of cover collected will go to featured poet. The other half to outset new costs associated with covid-19 protocols.
***Sunday August 2***
– – $100 give away (please remember to bring the fake money you have previously earned, as the individual who has gathered the most throughout the season will be awarded the $100. * this will be the 4th time I’ve given away $100 of my own funds at Poetic Justice / Poetry New WestminsterHOTC bud2

Event: Reading at Zack Gallery at JCC Thurs Dec 6th 7-9pm

EventI’m excited to read some new work at this event organized by Pandora’s Collective – responding to work by artist Olga Campbell.  Other writers reading include Bonnie Nish, Leanne Boschman, Alana Clohessy, and Stephan Karr.  There’s also an open mic component, so come read some of your own work too.

See you there.


Tonight at the Lido: Fine. (an evening of storytelling and otherwise)


On October 29th, a mix of five talented writers and comedians will get onto a stage and tell stories that, if you like, you can come and listen to. (It promises to be a severely autumnal event.)

Shazia Hafiz Ramji (see a great interview with her here)
Mallory Amirault
Leah Horlick
Nathan Hare
Cassidy Anhorn

and music by Ashley Shadow
Hosted by Cole Nowicki

It’ll be fun, yeah. It’ll be a fine time.

Best seats: 7:33pm
Show: 8:31pm


FB details here.

Daniel Zomparelli’s Book Launch!

terribleDaniel’s new book, Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person, is coming out from Arsenal Pulp Press! I’ve raved about him before.  If you’ve read his first book, Davie Street Translations, you know why you’ll want to be here for this.  If you haven’t, find it for purchase at your local bookstore or direct from Talonbooks here.

March 25th 7:30 pm

Cartem’s Donuts at 2190 Main St. in Vancouver

Event details here.

Daniel says:

“Hi friends and potential new friends, my book comes out soon. The launch will be at a donut shop and booze will be available along with the book.

I will probably read for a very short time but mostly would like to eat donuts and drink wine.

Here is some actual info on the book including nice things people have said about it:

Pulp Fiction will be at the launch to sell books because they are cuties.

The space is accesible, no stair ways and is on street level.

Hope to see you there! ♥”

Wah, Gardiner, Emerson, Lau reading


This will be a reading not to miss…an immense amount of talent in one place.  I’ve posted about Elee several times, but Fred Wah, Evelyn Lau and Julie Emerson are all incredible.

Please join us for an intimate reading and discussion with an all-star lineup of local poets: Evelyn Lau, Fred Wah, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Julie Emerson will read together for the first time – ever – at Pulpfiction Books on Tuesday, November 1st!

Doors at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm
FREE – Books available for purchase

We’d like to acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueem and Tsleil-waututh First Nations.

About these (amazing) poets:
EVELYN LAU was born and raised in Vancouver. She published her memoir, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, when she was 18. Evelyn’s poetry, prose and essays have been widely published, including the award-winning poetry title Living Under Plastic. She was Vancouver’s poet laureate from 2011-2014. Her latest book, Tumour, digs up her deepest fears to unearth the universal hope we all have of a life that matters.

FRED WAH was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1939 and grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. After graduate work with Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960s, founding the writing program at David Thompson University Centre (DTUC). A pioneer of online publishing, Wah has mentored a generation of some of the most exciting new voices in poetry today.

Wah is recipient of numerous awards for his writing inlcuding the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award. Wah was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012, and served as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013.

JULIE EMERSON is a multimedia artist and writer from Vancouver, and the author of The Herons of Stanley Park (2013, with photographer Martin Passchler) and A Hundred Days: A Botanical Novel (2012). Her work has been shown at galleries in the Lower Mainland and Mayne Island, BC. Her latest book, Twenty Seven Stings, is a suite of seventeen poems inspired by the cultural histories and military strategies that have led us into wars throughout history, from sixth century BCE China to Alexander the Great to contemporary American drone warfare.

ELEE KRALJII GARDINER is the author of the book of poems serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016) and the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Elee founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of more than 150 writers in Vancouver and she is the editor and publisher of its eight anthologies. She is originally from Boston and is a dual US/Canadian

Coming up! Upcoming! Real Vancouver!


Summer waxes, wanes, disappears, and our old friend reappears.  Hello Real Vancouver Writer’s Series!  We’ve missed you.  The info is here, and here:

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is falling for these amazing readers as part of the Little Mountain Lit Shop.

Aaron Giovannone
FRan Cunningham a.k.a. Francine Cunningham
Hasan Namir
Lydia Kwa
Kyla Jamieson
Keri Korteling

Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia

Tickets atr $5 or PWYC (no one turned away for lack of funds).